Monday, December 1, 2014

GOOD AND GREAT COOKS

Once in a while I have someone ask what makes a good/great cook? I love this question and the answer comes in two parts. First off, get to know your spices, not just their names but the taste as well. Take the top off of a bottle of any spice, pour a small amount in the palm of your hand and close your eyes and just take in the aroma. What does it remind you of? Something from the past or from your favorite restaurant? Next, wet your finger tip and then dip it in your palm then put it between your cheek and gum and run your tongue around it. You should at this point begin to think about what this spice would make something you make, even better. Then remove the spice with a shot of your favorite wine (it is so essential for spice testing, LOL) Also, do this at home, stores frown on you opening jars before you purchase them. If you are as absent minded as I am most days, a pad and pen will be a reminder for later.

Secondly, you need to have and imagination, spirit of adventure or whatever you want to call it. Don't be afraid to try new things, just do it on a smaller scale the first time. Improve recipes when ever you can. My mother used to make sliced cumbers and onions in a bowl with water, vinegar and a tablespoon or two of sugar. Stir and chill before serving. I took her recipe and added sour cream before serving. I love to try new things, some good some not so good. But with a good knowledge of spices, you can go home and make stuff you ate at a friends house or restaurant. Just savor the flavor and you will probably know all. With the holidays upon us, don't forget the recipe on here for my favorite dip recipe, it goes great with veggies or chips.  Happy Holidays everyone.

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